and do they know they’re hiring spammers? We know that JCP hired spammers, even though they claim ignorance (and I kinda believe that). Although this isn’t backlink buying, it’s still spam in my book, especially when it’s left as a comment on an SEO blog (mine!). Do these big brands know how HUGE of a “no-no” this practice is? Things like this are what gives the SEO industry the snake oil rap it has…
Image of Comment (caught by my spam filter):
All links go to the MAIN site of the very famous hand-bag maker above. Notice the “no-follows”, that’s someone “in the know” I’d guess. Why would someone (some spammer) go out of their way to employ this tactic this without being hired and lastly… does this famous hand-bag maker even NEED backlinks? I’m sure if searched on his product name, one of his sites (with his very expensive products) will rank. It’s not backlink buying … but it’s certainly an effort to get backlinks (even if they are no-follow) to his MAIN SITE in a very spammy way. Puzzling at best.
I asked the G+ team if it was ok to use a logo for your G+ Page… this is the thread between me and the G+ representative:
Thank you for your note.
You can upload any photo you wish as long as it does not violate our
Quality Guidelines. Please refer to link below for more information.
If you have any additional concerns or questions, please respond back to
this email thread and I will be happy to help you. Have a great day.
The Google Team
Original Message Follows:
From: Keli E
Subject: Re: [#1000000] BB External Manual Verification Request
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2012 15:17:44 -0600
> Can I put our logo up rather than a picture of myself?
Blumenthal saves the day again with this detailed post how to get your map in order should you receive the dreaded “We Currently Do Not Support The Location” message in the Google MapMaker. It happened to me once before, I did nothing and it fixed itself, this time I’m not so lucky. I’ll be trying this later on to see if I can reclaim my place on the map and more importantly my reviews!
I’m having a F I T with Google+. I had 15, 5-star reviews on Google Places
Good news however. I found this:
That review is clearly fake, written by an ex-employee, etc. — how can I get it removed from my listing?
There’s no guarantee we will remove it, but you can report it directly to Google Places support and we will investigate:
Link to form: http://support.google.com/places/bin/static.py?hl=en&ts=1386120&page=ts.cs
Select: I have verified > Yes > Reviews > My page features false or inappropriate reviews > Fill out the form, hit Submit, and await an e-mail response from a member of our support team.
I’ve had a lot of clients ask about, what appears to be, fake reviews on their Places Page (I’m not even sure what to call it now) – G+ Local? So there’s that. It seems like the G+ team has a LOT on their hands:
This is all just a big ol D R A G.
Anyone have a clue out there? A vowel?
Google Places has never been a 100% working product as far as I’ve seen and I’ve managed PLENTY of accounts for clients since October of 2010 when it seemed like *the maps* were here to stay. Now Google has decided to make G+ the “Center of Gravity” for local search… I’m not sure what to think at this point, I just hope it works. Here’s a collection of articles regarding this recent turn of events. I’ll add more as they come in.
What the Google+ and Google Places Merge Means To You
Regarding this link… the author has to say:
“*Disclaimer – If you absolutely must tinker with your Google+ Local page right now – check out this little write up. I think we should all hold tight for a while to see what happens while a lot of the kinks are worked out so things don’t get really screwy. Anyway, if you are one of those kind of people that cant help but mess around with stuff – Check out this post first for a little help.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself…